Certifications: How One Networking Trainer is Making the Most of His
Networking certifications can take your career places beyond the switch closet, as one engineer learned when he made the switch to network training.
Jayasurya Venugopalan started his career as an instrument engineer, but then moved on to work in academia, and ultimately as a corporate trainer at an IT company. Education.Internet.com recently profiled Venugopalan, who shared what his certifications and training have meant to his career.
In an article on his experience with networking certification and training, he talks about how he continues to benefit from his own training, and offers tips on how to set up a successful career.
"I started my career as an instrument engineer at a specialty paper making organization. Subsequently, I shifted into academia and after a 10-year teaching stint, I joined my current IT company as a corporate trainer.
"I train my corporate employees in networking, network management, and operation and business support systems (OSS/BSS) for telecom service providers. More recently, Ive been conducting sessions on different aspects of architecture such as design patterns and requirements modeling. Certifications are immensely valuable to a trainer in two respects. First, they impart an authenticity to the trainers professional competencies. Second, they enable the trainer to teach much more effectively.
"Having come from an academic background, it took some time for the importance of IT certifications to really sink in for me. When I started my IT trainer career, I didnt get certified as a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). However, two of my colleagues were CCNA certified and CCNA Master trainers. I was able to leverage their skills to set up a state-of-the-art data networking lab which we used to reach out to more than 3,000 employees and equip them with the skills they needed to configure a wide range of L2/L3 devices. Many of them then got certified.
"Given a second chance, I would have become certified myself. Because my colleagues had acquired the Cisco certifications, I was able to utilize their skills and abilitiesespecially in configuration and network set up. To me, this really drove home the importance and value of certifications."